Oldest port in India
Kolkata port is the oldest port in India which is rich in history and was very important for the colonial powers and for the country. The strategic importance of Kolkata port might have changed but continues to remain economically very significant for India and its development.
East India Company
Kolkata port was established by the East India Company after Aurangazeb granted licence to the company to build and maintain the port. The port became the economic gateway and engine of India. After the 1857 mutiny, when the control of East India Company was transferred to the crown, the Kolkata port became a property of the British empire. The port was then managed by a port commission set up by the British.
Partition and effects of it
The port became less important post independence owing to the partition of Bengal and the subsequent transfer of economic activity outside Kolkata. The importance of Kolkata port was immense, it was the gateway of trade with India, the port was crucial for exports and imports during the British regime. Strategically too it was very important, it was because of which Japan attacked the port during world war 2. Japan realized Kolkata was a strategic asset for British in its role in world war II.
Kolkata port eventually added a lot of capacities and remains one of the most important and largest ports of India. Kolkata port, as per the statistics of 2013-14, handled the largest number of vessels.
Women empowerment is one of the most important words of the present times. It is not a mere phrase but it rather represents a movement, which has been pending for the longest time. However, many have a misconception that educating women, “letting” them work, etc. is all that women empowerment is all about. However, the concept of women empowerment is more of an umbrella term. It intends to involve society as a whole, including men.
We always encourage and applaud a woman who successfully balances both work life and her household. But won’t it be easy for that woman if the load of the work is shared? We see that in our society a woman’s primary role is seen as that of a homemaker. At the same time, her personal likes, aspirations, and dreams are forced to be put on the backburner because of the undue expectation that she has to single handedly manage the household while balancing her career. To give credit where it is due, the times are changing. Men and women of the house are increasingly sharing the workload. However, one can also not turn a blind to the fact that a lot more still needs to be done.
Driving home the same concept, popular brand Ariel has come up with brilliant communication.
The video shows a mother speaking to her married daughter over the phone, all whilst cleaning the mess her son has created. She is absolutely heartbroken when her daughter says that she plans to quit her job since juggling both a demanding job and her household has become too overwhelming. It is during this time that she realises that while she and her husband as parents left no stone unturned to give an all-round upbringing to their daughter, they somewhere forgot to teach their son some basic life skills like cooking and doing laundry so that they grow out to be equally responsible in doing household chores. This is not a story of just one family, but of families across the country. These are some things which everyone must know, not for any other reason, but simply because these are basic tasks which are absolutely essential to survive. And, they make you capable to be equal partners tomorrow!
As Ariel raises an important question-is household work only a woman’s job? We need to ask ourselves the same question. A recent study revealed that the unpaid work done by women around the world amounted to 43 times the annual turnover of Apple Inc. It is high time we share the load and change the narrative that household work is the “duty” of a woman. As the video shows, contributing to the household work is not only a daughter’s work, but the son must contribute his bit too. It is also important for the parents to instil a sense of responsibility in their children, irrespective of their gender so that at any juncture of their lives, they are not completely dependent on another person for basic tasks like these. Ariel has been consistently driving this message and addressing the inequality within households since 2015. The Logical Indian applauds Ariel for coming up with such a brilliant video for depicting such an important concept.